MATH-0530: Support Course for Probability and Statistics ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Mahmuda Sultana

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email msultana@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website

http://faculty.southwest.tn.edu/msultana

Instructor Office

MAB 251c Macon Cove

Instructor Phone

901-333-4554

Course Information
Course Description

This co-requisite course contains topics which directly support the content in MATH 1530 Probability & Statistics; and it contains the five TBR approved mathematical competencies which include: the study of real numbers and operations, operations with algebraic expressions, graph analysis, equations solving, modeling and critical thinking.

Student Learning Objectives

Module 1:

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of populations, samples, parameters, statistics, and sampling methods: random, stratified, cluster, convenience, and systematic.
  2. Students will be able to calculate class widths, limits, midpoints, and boundaries for frequency tables.
  3. Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret histograms, Pareto charts, dot plots, and circle graphs.

Module 2:

  1. Students will be able to calculate the mean, median, mode, range, variance, and standard deviation of a data set.
  2. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret box-and-whisker plots.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory variables and response variables and their correlation by analyzing a dot plot.
  4. Students will be able to find a regression equation.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic probability concepts: sample space, outcomes, and simple events.

Module 3:

  1. Students will be able to calculate conditional probabilities.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of mutually exclusive events.
  3. Students will be able to use the addition rule to calculate probabilities given a contingency table.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to determine whether a random variable is discrete or continuous.
  5. Students will be able to calculate empirical probabilities and determine if an event is unusual.
  6. Students will be able to calculate the mean, variance, and standard deviation of the binomial distribution.

Module 4:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to determine when a histogram is normally distributed.
  2. Students will be able to find areas under the standard normal curve given the standard normal variable, z.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to find probabilities for any normally distributed variable, x.

Module 5:

  1. Students will be able to determine whether a hypothesis test is left-tailed, right-tailed, or two-tailed.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to find the null and alternative hypothesis, and identify which represents the claim.
  3. Students will be able to determine a decision rule for a hypothesis test using the p-value approach.
  4. Students will be able to determine a decision rule for a hypothesis test using the critical value approach.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze the student-t distribution given a graph of a the t-distribution which shows given critical values.

 

Each of the five modules contain the state mandated COMPETENCY ASSIGNMENTS:

Competency 1: Real Number Sense and Operations

Competency 2: Operations with Algebraic Expressions

Competency 3: Solve Equations

Competency 4: Analyze Graphs

Competency 5: Modeling and Critical Thinking

Competency Builder  assignments contain the state required algebraic competencies that must be satisfied with a 70% or higher on the competency exams to pass. Students must pass all 5 competencies to pass this course. Students who drop this course will also be administratively dropped from their college-level MATH 1530 Probability & Statistics course.

Corequisites

MATH 1530 - Probability and Statistics - Enhanced

Instructional / Learning Methods

Enhanced

Specific Course Requirements

The coursework in MyLabsPlus was designed with "prerequisite flags" to layer the content in a progressive manner. This means one cannot progress in the course unless prerequisite materials have been completed with mastery scores. These prerequisite materials: lectures, stats prep, competency builder assignments, and quizzes were developed to help students learn the necessary material to prepare for the exams.  (Students who cannot meet these mastery scores should contact their instructor.)

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text
  1. TI-83 (plus) or TI-84 (plus) graphing utility
  2. Earbuds for video lectures

Important: Purchase of the textbook is not required because the software, MyLabsPlus, comes with the ebook and this software purchase was included in your tuition.

Developmental Mathematics with Elementary Statistics, Custom Edition for Southwest Tennessee Community College by Ron Larson, Betsy Farber, Elayn Martin-Gay

Copyright 2016 Pearson Education

Students will log in to the website: stcc.mylabsplus.com to access their course modules. Instructors will give instructions on how to log in to this website.

Supplementary Materials

Students are required to keep a 3-ring binder with dividers with the following sections: (1) Lecture Notes (2) Stats Prep (3) Competency Builder (4) Quizzes/Exams. Students must write neatly using only pencil or erasable ink.  All problems should show the question, the solution process, and the answer. Instructors will periodically assess/discuss homework organizational skills. Students must bring homework folders, earphones, pencils, and calculators to each scheduled class period. Torn sheets, scribbles, coffee stains, etc. are not acceptable in the homework folders.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

P: Pass - All 5 competency exams passed with 70% or higher

F: Fail

                    

In order to complete the course and receive a final grade of “P: Pass”, the student must demonstrate competency at 70% or higher on all five TBR Competencies.  Note: if any one of the five competency mastery exams is not passed at 70% or higher, a final grade of “F: Fail” will be assigned regardless of the overall average.The final grade for this course is determined by the work that has been completed by the end of the final exam period.

Grading Scale

P: Pass - All 5 competency exams passed with 70% or higher

F: Fail - AT LEAST ONE COMPETENCY EXAM IS BELOW 70%                      

 

Testing Procedure / Policy

All exams are proctored in the class on campus in a designated area.

This course has specified proctored exam DEADLINE dates which must be strictly adhered to. These exams are closed-book, closed-notes. Students cannot use any outside software (such as Mathway) or smart phones on exams. Students who are caught using these resources will receive an automatic “F” for the exam, and could be subject to further academic discipline (see student handbook on academic misconduct.)

No more than one exam will be given during the final exam period. No exceptions!

Note:  on final exam date only exams will be given.  No help or talking is allowed.

Major Assignments

Stats Prep

Students must score 90% on this assignment before moving to their next module.

Contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Lecture

These are video lectures covering the topics in the competency builder assignment. These videos can be watched and rewatched. Students must make 100% (watch all videos) to move on in the module.

It is recommended that students watch these videos at home so that time in class can be spent working on math problems with  individualized instruction by their instructor.

Competency Builder

This assignment contains the TBR competency curriculum. Students must make 90% or higher to move on in the competency curriculum.

Contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Test Out

This exam is proctored, closed-book, closed notes. Students who make 70% or higher can move to their next module.

Students get exactly 1 try to test out of the competency.

More Practice A

Students who do not make a 70% or higher on the Test Out, must complete this homework assignment at 100% to move on.

Only missed Test Out problems are included in this assignment, and it contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Quiz

Students receive 3 tries on the quiz and must make 70% or higher to move on.

(Note: Students who pass the Test Out for the module will not need to take the quiz. Their instructor must manually submit 100% score for the quiz.)

No tutorials available.  This should be viewed as a practice exam to assess readiness for the competency exam.

More Practice B

Students who do not make 100% on the quiz must complete this assignment and make 100% to move on.

Only missed Quiz problems are included in this assignment, and it contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

Competency Exam Prep

This assignment contains practice problems to prepare students for the competency exam. Students must make a 90% or higher to move on to the exam.

Contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

 Exam

This exam is proctored, closed-book, closed notes. Students who make 70% or higher can move to their next competency.

(Note: Students who pass the Test Out for the module will not need to take the Exam. Their instructor must manually submit the Test Out score for this Exam.)

Student who make less than 70% will not be able to move to next competency.

More Practice C

Students who do not make 70% or higher on the competency exam must complete this assignment and make 100% to retake the exam.

Only missed Exam problems are included in this assignment, and it contains built-in tutorials, step-by-step instructions for each problem.

 

Participation / Attendance Policy

Each student is expected to attend every scheduled class, regularly and punctually. Attendance will be taken each class period. Excessive absences may result in the assignment of a failing grade. ** Under current school policy, students who stop attending before the official date to withdraw will receive an “FA” grade which can affect financial aid eligibility.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

As a student you have voluntarily enrolled at Southwest, students are presumed to be knowledgeable of and remain in compliance of all rules and regulations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Treat all members of the college with courtesy, respect and dignity.

Comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties

Respect the rights and property of other members of the community.

Fulfill their obligations through honest and independent effort and integrity in academic and personal conduct.

Accept responsibility for and the consequences of their actions and encourage responsible conduct.

 Behave in a manner that does not intentionally or recklessly interfere with your class, including but not limited to, studying, teaching, learning, disrespectful to your teacher and or class members.

 

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.